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Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout Design Act, 2000

Semiconductor Integrated Circuit means a product having transistors and other circuitry elements, which are inseparably formed on a semiconductor material or an insulating material or inside the semiconductor material and designed to perform an electronic circuitry function. The layout-design of a semiconductor integrated circuit means a layout of transistors and other circuitry elements and includes lead wires connecting such elements and expressed in any manner in semiconductor integrated circuits.

The Government of India, having ratified the TRIPS made provisions for giving effect to section 6 in Part II of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights relating to Layout-Design (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits by enacting the Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Act, 2000 to provide for the protection of semiconductor integrated circuits layout-designs and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.